What each zodiac sign should order during Mercury retrograde

From now until July 31, Mercury (the “planet of communication”) enters retrograde in Leo, and experts predict this retrograde to be the most intense yet as Leo is the zodiac's only fixed fire sign. Many astrologers suggest people avoid making significant financial decisions and traveling, don't accept new job offers and not to buy things -- but there's one thing that's completely unavoidable: eating. 

If the shifting of the planets brings about a desire to switch up your appetite, take a look at what GrubHub recommends each sign eats during this Mercury retrograde in the slideshow below. 

What every zodiac sign should eat during Mercury retrograde
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What every zodiac sign should eat during Mercury retrograde

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Those of the Aquarius zodiac sign are humanitarian, philanthropic and keenly interested in making the world a better place. And, the Aquarius’ symbol is the Water Bearer. Because of this, during this retrograde, you should enjoy healthy foods and liquids – like a hearty salad or a green smoothie – to keep your world a better place. Be warned – as the high-tech junkie and gadget guru of astrology, this retrograde cycle is a particularly annoying time for you – but you can count on your favorite food app to ensure your stars are aligned!

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

Your intuition is usually on point, but during Mercury retrograde your guesses and "feelings" are just off. With your psychic and intuitive abilities out of whack, the mix-ups that can result will leave you feeling confused and out of sorts. After all, if you can't trust your gut, what can you trust? During this retrograde, stick to your favorite orders and comfort foods to keep your balance. Now is not the time to try something new!

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Aries is ruled by Mars, the dynamic red planet named after the Roman god of war. Accordingly, these courageous rams are always armed and ready for battle. Aries is known for an explosive temper, and although their outbursts don’t last long, it’s definitely best to avoid fiery rams until the steam has dissipated. During this retrograde, try spicy Southern or Mexican food to keep the temperature up – but only when you’re eating. 

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Practical and well-grounded, Taurus is the sign that harvests the fruits of labor. They feel the need to always be surrounded by love and beauty, turned to the material world, hedonism and physical pleasures. Throughout this retrograde, enjoy aesthetically pleasing, Instagrammable meals, like a poke bowl with purple taro bubble tea as it’ll help keep the harmony during this turbulent time.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Mercury is your ruler, so when it goes retrograde your whole world is thrown off. On a positive note, you're a mutable sign who sees change (even bad) as a chance to make improvements. And, expressive and quick-witted, Gemini represents two different personalities in one, and you will never be sure which one you will face. During this retrograde, don’t be afraid to try something that mixes two different flavor personalities– like chicken & waffles or pineapple pizza!

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Because this sign is ruled by the moon, their moods change often, which will cause them to feel Mercury retrograde more intensely than other zodiac signs. Cancers should pump up the probiotics and consume whole grains so they can boost their mood with positive vibes in order to conquer the emotional roller coaster that is Mercury retrograde. 

Leo (July 23 - August 22)

Leo season is right around the corner; however, the majority of the retrograde will be on your Sun. This will cause you to be extra forgetful and exhausted. You should load up on foods that’ll help you de-stress like dark chocolate; green, leafy veggies and salmon to get you through Mercury retrograde stress-free. 

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)

Mercury can always mess with Virgo’s vibe as you tend to overthink during this time. Whether it’s moving or a career shift, a lot of changes are on the horizon, so you shouldn’t focus your energy on things that are out of your control. Virgos should order brain foods like kale salad loaded with avocado to keep themselves mentally sharp for the big changes ahead. 

Libra (September 23 - October 22)

Most Libras value their relationships above all else, but Mercury retrograde can cut you off from the people who are your lifelines. Now what?! People born under the sign of Libra are peaceful and fair, and they hate being alone, so during retrograde, order for two (or more!). Dig into your favorite meals, or even something new, with people you love. Take this opportunity to share a meal while binge-watching your favorite show with friends!

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)

Scorpios will feel some weird energy during Mercury retrograde, and their control issues will be tested. You should remember to take each day as it comes and stay flexible in order to work through Mercury retrograde’s testy energy. Scorpios should eat healing foods – think lots of fruits and veggies – to help keep their cool. 

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

During Mercury retrograde, Sagittarius should channel their boldness and reconnect with people they miss having in their life whether it be an ex or an old friend, and also view this time to correct any past mistakes. If you’re trying to reconnect with someone that got away, you should eat foods high in vitamin B (e.g. dairy, eggs and spinach), as well as those rich with vitamin D (e.g. salmon, sardines and yogurt), to boost your self-confidence and energy levels!  

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

Many Capricorns are clinging onto something emotional or anything to do with a long held belief or tradition, and how they approach and internalize their experiences will result in either a healthy or toxic way. During retrograde, you should go easy on yourself and others, and stick with healthy foods, so you can “look good and feel good.” 


Additionally, the online food ordering company found national trends that emerged during the most recent Mercury retrograde in March. According to the data, the top two cuisines that reigned across the nation were Southern (94% more popular) and Mexican (63% more popular).  

The brand also discovered the top items ordered regionally: 

  • The Northeast: 
    • Bagel & egg sandwich: 235% more popular
    • Acai bowl: 230% more popular
    • Guava and cheese empanadas: 203% more popular
  • The South: 
    • Honey butter biscuits: 185% more popular
    • Cinnamon roll: 85% more popular 
    • Cajun fries: 82% more popular
  • The West: 
    • Impossible burger: 140% more popular
    • Salmon kabobs: 116% more popular
    • Hawaiian BBQ: 71% more popular 
  • The Midwest: 
    • Spicy chicken sandwich: 352% more popular
    • Cheese quesadilla: 190% more popular
    • Deep dish pepperoni pizza: 113% more popular


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